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Talberts win opportunity to donate $2,500 to YMCA through Monsanto

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10:11 am

A donation of $2,500 was awarded to the Vandalia Recreation Corporation by Monsanto recently as an official check presentation was made two weeks ago at the office of “The Vandalia Leader.” Michelle Talbert, on right, nominated the VRC for the grant. Also pictured are Wendell Talbert, Monsanto District Sales Manager Brad Eisenbath, and Terri Jungers.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program will provide more than $3 million in financial support to nonprofits across the US in 2017. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $26 million to more than 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.
Audrain County farmers Michelle and Wendell Talbert have won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA Project. The funds will be used towards the construction of the YMCA facility to be located in Vandalia.
“The YMCA is very thankful to the Talbert family for nominating the YMCA Project for this program. The area is proud of its agricultural heritage and this program provides an opportunity for farmers to strengthen their local communities” said, Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, Project Chairperson.
The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.
Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, and many others.
“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”
For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit